What Jesus Did! 'Preaching and Healing' — Luke 9:6

Monday, June 1, 2015

So the apostles went out. They traveled through all the towns. They told the Good News and healed people everywhere.
— Luke 9:6 NLT
Illustration of Luke 9:6 NLT — So the apostles went out. They traveled through all the towns. They told the Good News and healed people everywhere.

Key Thought

Like Jesus' preaching, the preaching of the Gospel by the twelve involved an effort to reach both heart and body. I believe we must take away two important understandings from this. First, we are called to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and serve others as the Body of Christ. Together, as we all use our gifts, we are to be the presence of Christ to the world. Second, authentic outreach involves both the message of Christ and also the compassion of Christ. One without the other is lacking and is less than the presence of Jesus to the broken of our world.

Today's Prayer

Holy and righteous Father, please give us, your people, the courage and the conviction to preach and to serve the human needs of those around us. God, I confess that doing both preaching and serving seems so hard for us, so use me as a person in whom this kind of authentic ministry is both active and effective. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 4:23-25
  • Luke 5:15
  • Ephesians 4:11-16

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.